Mother Russia says ‘Sims 4’ is no good for children

lesbian couple in the sims

News broke last week when the official Twitter account of The Sims in Russia @thesimsrussia tweeted out the rating The Sims 4 received, which reads “Established Russian rating #TheSims4 – 18+ (Prohibited for children).”

Typically, the game series has been rated suitable for teens, and in some countries and even certain titles for the US, even younger.

Various news outlets are citing the fact that the game’s ability to allow same-sex relationships to occur is the primary reason Russia gave it the “matured” rating.

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Why now? Why didn’t the previous iterations of The Sims, which has allowed gay couplings since 2000, get the same rating in the past?

Russia passed a content rating law known as 436-FZ in 2010, which essentially is a law to protect the country’s children from being exposed to any information that could be harmful to their health and development — that can include depictions of violence, suicide, drugs, child pornography and apparently, “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships” (which was an amendment added just last year).

So, suffice it to say that this news isn’t exactly surprising.

Why is this so important? Sure, piracy is widespread in Russia, and pre-teens who wish to have the game can still get their hands on it somehow — and after what we know about how “accepting” it is to publicly harm LGBT folk, it’s clear that the country isn’t moving much in the way of a progressive society.

EA celebrates HRC best places to work for lgbt peopleThis is more about Electronic Arts’ commitment to a quality game — one that boasts a rich experience that many of its fans can enjoy, regardless of who they are. Polygon reached out to EA (who, by the way was voted one of the best places to work for LGBT equality by HRC) about whether they were going to change up the game in response to their matured rating in Russia. Spokesperson Deborah Coster said,

“We have no plans to alter The Sims 4. One of the key tenets of The Sims is that it is up to the player to decide how to play the game. We provide the simulation sandbox and player choice and creativity does the rest.”

On the other hand, Nintendo had received some backlash for NOT changing up their game to include a more open environment for their title, Tomodachi Life. Looks like they can learn a thing or two from EA about creating a life-simulator game that can, in fact, actually simulate real-life.

In the meantime, we’re gearing up to see what the developer has in store for us at E3, including Star Wars: Battlefront.

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